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Jaguars stay on a roll, send Texans to 11th consecutive loss

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — The Jacksonville Jaguars have a bona fide winning streak.

Chad Henne threw two touchdown passes, and the Jaguars held on to beat the Houston Texans, 27-20, on Thursday night.

The Jaguars (4-9) won their third straight — their fourth victory in five games since a bye — and continued to show signs of progress under first-year Coach Gus Bradley.

They also won at home for the first time since Nov. 25, 2012, against Tennessee.

"Our guys just really believe," Bradley said. "The biggest challenge is to keep doing what we're doing. We're a young team that's learning how do this."

Houston (2-11) extended its franchise-record losing streak to 11 games.

Coach Gary Kubiak and the Texans looked as if they would end the streak after a quarterback change, but Geno Hayes intercepted Matt Schaub's pass with 2:08 remaining to secure Jacksonville's first series sweep since 2009.

Schaub replaced starter Case Keenum late in the third quarter and led the team to a touchdown and a field goal in his first two possessions. The Texans were in the red zone again but failed to convert a fourth-down play with 3:37 to play. Jacksonville picked up a huge first down that flipped the field — not surprising that it came on a penalty — but punted.

Hayes picked off Schaub's next pass, a floater over the middle.

The Jaguars milked the clock from there, and Josh Scobee's 39-yard field goal provided some insurance.

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